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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Carb or EFI

Looking to buy a new (second hand) bike, looking at Americas and Speedmasters, probably to keep - not sure I trust efi in the long term - what do others think?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 06:49 PM
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The 865 EFI is very stone axe simple, not much to go wrong, so if you come across an EFI for the right price I wouldn't be too concerned.
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I would look for the best bike overall, and wouldn't worry about either. I wanted carbs, because I like old school bikes, but I've had fuel injected, and never had a problem.

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Like the others said if you can work on carbs its fine and my EFI runs great. Its all what you are comfortable with. But both the America?speedmaster are fun bikes to have.
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The age old question. Carb or EFI, if you plan on doing mods and work on your own bike, I would go with carbs. One thing good about EFI they get better MPG. Both are probably just as dependable as each other.

I've got an 2007 carb model but if a good deal passed my way on an EFI model I would scoop it up. I've thought a couple times of just selling this carb model and go with a bone stock EFI unit and leave it all alone.

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I just bought an EFI Speedmaster precisely because I swore I'd never f**k with another carburetor again. I've only had this bike a week but I'll say that the difference between carbs and EFI is the difference between vinyl and CD, because carbs are analog and EFI is digital. The EFI works great except for a few glitches that result in minor but abrupt fueling changes, up or down. A carb-fueled bike might have different issues - bogging, popping, fading, etc - but the throttle response is more consistently predictable.
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Get a 2007 or earlier. Best looking bikes in the line up. Once the carbs are dialed in you're set
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Get a 2007 or earlier. Best looking bikes in the line up. Once the carbs are dialed in you're set
+1, earlier is better, although I think my 2009 (the first EFI year) is still pretty.
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The only thing bad about either one is a bad mechanic. I have carburetted bikes mainly because I can buy them cheaper. But I also do my own work. They all run great ! You have to expect that if you have a carburetted machine it will pop and grumble a bit on deceleration. No big deal. That is just part of thier "personality". If set up right, I'll take either one. ...J.D.

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Looking to buy a new (second hand) bike, looking at Americas and Speedmasters, probably to keep - not sure I trust efi in the long term - what do others think?
I've own mine for a year and no issues, 2016 Speedmaster , EFI.

My 1st bike had carbs. It was a pain in the butt to start when it was cold (was not a Triumph though) . I sold it. After that, all my bikes have had EFIs.

I would say EFI. But I am pro technology and do not like to look back. EFI is more efficient so I do not see the reason why go with carbs.
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